In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
-- S. I. Hayakawa

Young readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
8 stars

Chicken Sunday

AR: 4.8
Lexile: 650
Written and illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Original post — Wednesday, August 31, 2005
ALA Notable Book

Miss Eula treats three children to wonderful chicken dinners every Sunday. To thank her, they decorate and sell Easter eggs to buy her a beautiful bonnet.

Patricia Polacco shares this wonderful story from her childhood that shows friendship and caring between children and adults. The fact that Patricia is a white Jewish girl and her friends and Miss Eula are black (African-American) Baptists is barely mentioned. This is a great story about no-matter-what-race relations that is not preachy but warm and engaging. (Sorry kids. I was kind of talking directly to the grown-ups in this second paragraph. I think you will like this book as much as the grown-ups!)

(Last modified:08/19/2006)


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